Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Up to 25% of adult men and women admit to having some form of halitosis. If that’s you, you may have an underlying health condition and not even know it. Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, tracks down the cause of your halitosis so she can recommend the appropriate treatment. If your friends and family complain about your bad breath, use the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button or call Dr. Alexandroni today.

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Halitosis Q & A

What is halitosis?

Occasional bad breath is very common. “Morning breath” and “garlic breath” might be infamous but usually aren’t cause for concern.

Halitosis, however, is an unpleasant odor from your mouth that has no apparent cause. If mints, gum, or brushing don’t fix your stinky breath, this symptom might signal an underlying health condition.

What causes halitosis?

Poor brushing techniques cause most cases of halitosis. When food gets caught in your teeth, it starts to rot and emits a repulsive smell. The mouth is the perfect environment for bacteria, which thrive in warm, moist environments and cause bad breath.

Halitosis can be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Other factors and medical problems that cause halitosis include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Medication
  • Acid reflux
  • Diabetes
  • A sinus or tooth infection

What should I do if I have bad breath?

You should start by being diligent about your oral hygiene routine. Brush for a full two minutes twice per day, floss daily, and use a fluoride rinse. Drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum to encourage saliva production.

If at-home methods don’t work or oral pain accompanies your bad breath, contact Dr. Alexandroni right away. She examines your teeth for any signs of dental health problems. She can then recommend additional products to help prevent bad breath or coordinate follow-up care if she detects an issue.

What are the treatment options for bad breath?

After a comprehensive exam and diagnosis, whether the cause of your bad breath is gum disease, tooth decay, or a systemic condition, Dr. Alexandroni provides the appropriate treatment and makes recommendations to prevent future problems.

If bad breath is a concern for you, contact Dr. Alexandroni by clicking the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button below or over the phone to schedule an appointment.

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